After nude images were stolen from celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Victoria Justice, the rest of society began wondering just how safe the iCloud security measures were. Apple would like everyone to think that the system is safe, the company is saying that this attack wasn’t a breach, but a targeted attack.
In a statement on Tuesday Apple reminded everyone that only selected accounts of Hollywood celebrities were compromised. Apple is calling the event a “very targeted attack” on the iCloud network, and stopped short of calling its popular cloud service hacked.
The company issued this statement earlier today:
“We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.
To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at support.apple.com/kb/ht4232. “